Fourth of July Summit Loop

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Fourth of July Summit Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cataldo, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Fourth of July Park has approximately 25 miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails with 8 miles for track skiing in the winter, and for hiking, biking, and nature walks in warmer seasons. No motorized vehicles are allowed on these trails. There is an excellent network of trails for you to explore, while you are surrounded by pine forests. USFS, Idaho Parks and Recreation, and the Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snow-shoe Club cooperate to maintain this area for recreation. Dogs are not allowed on groomed ski trails. There are four snowshoe trails which all allow dogs on leashes. This trail network is located east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. On I-90, at the crest of Fourth of July Summit, there is an exit for the park. (There is heavy snow in this pass in the winter, so prepare chains for your automobile.) Take Lakes Divide Road, and keep right until you arrive at the parking area at the trailhead. There is ample parking, and overflow parking as well. There are restrooms at the trailhead.

hiking
7 days ago

It’s October 14, 2017 and I’m driving down hwy 90 and need to get my hike on!! Let’s see what pops up? Awh 4th of July Pass Trail..

Easy access from highway, turn south off of overpass and then turn right and you will come to a parking lot with restrooms about 1/4 mile in.. As mentioned in other post you will see a split in the road and you want to stay on the paved road to the right side..

Once inside the parking area you will see a dirt road off to the northwest side of the lot, this is the trail head.. I started down it and took the small path off it called Janettas Juant.. This is a small trail down and is a beautiful hike.. This is also the lower trail, and if you are biking or horseback riding you may want to continue on the service road and do the upper trail.. Not saying you don’t want to take the lower trail if your riding, just a lot of overhang and tight spots along the way..

My hike down and around ended up being about 6 miles and I killed the battery on my phone taking pictures.. Lots of evergreen, signs of Moose, Elk, Deer and Bear.. Never seen any actual wildlife probably due to all the hunters on the trail (it was the start of elk season)..

Towards the end of the trail there is a cool little A frame, unless you start the trail to the south, then there is a cute little A frame at the beginning.. lol

No matter what way you go, the trail would be great for family hikes, just FYI my boots were soaked from all the grass areas, so you might want extra pair of shoes and socks if going during the rainy season..

The trail has plenty of maps and markers, but your own map of the area or this app should keep you from turning and walking to Cour De lane.. lol

Happy Trails!!

hiking
7 days ago

It’s October 14, 2017 and I’m driving down hwy 90 and need to get my hike on!! Let’s see what pops up? Awh 4th of July Pass Trail..

Easy access from highway, turn south off of overpass and then turn right and you will come to a parking lot with restrooms about 1/4 mile in.. As mentioned in other post you will see a split in the road and you want to stay on the paved road to the right side..

Once inside the parking area you will see a dirt road off to the northwest side of the lot, this is the trail head.. I started down it and took the small path off it called Janettas Juant.. This is a small trail down and is a beautiful hike.. This is also the lower trail, and if you are biking or horseback riding you may want to continue on the service road and do the upper trail.. Not saying you don’t want to take the lower trail if your riding, just a lot of overhang and tight spots along the way..

My hike down and around ended up being about 6 miles and I killed the battery on my phone taking pictures.. Lots of evergreen, signs of Moose, Elk, Deer and Bear.. Never seen any actual wildlife probably due to all the hunters on the trail (it was the start of elk season)..

Towards the end of the trail there is a cool little A frame, unless you start the trail to the south, then there is a cute little A frame at the beginning.. lol

No matter what way you go, the trail would be great for family hikes, just FYI my boots were soaked from all the grass areas, so you might want extra pair of shoes and socks if going during the rainy season..

The trail has plenty of maps and markers, but your own map of the area or this app should keep you from turning and walking to Cour De lane.. lol

Happy Trails!!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is an easy trail. I'm not sure how it got rated as moderate.
Road leading to main trail head splits, you want to stay to the right on the blacktop road. The gravel road going left is a FS road which can take you to other parts of the trail.
Trail is quite unassuming but there were plenty of wild flowers to brighten things up a bit. Most active wildlife noticed were mosquitoes. They were much worse if you were standing at rest vs. walking.
There were some maps along the trail indicating where you were and showing the main trails as well as signs indicating the name of the trails when they split.
I think its best suited for casual hikers who don't want to work up a sweat and just want to get outdoors for a bit.

hiking
4 months ago

Saw my first ever bear here today! I don't recommend coming here alone, as it is far enough from population centers to be of some concern. There are also some confusing turns and branches in some of the trails. Bring a reliable GPS with adequate batteries if you intend to do significant exploration. Though this area is more known for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, I did a regular ole hike. Not the most interesting area for that, but there are plenty of trails to explore. I only scratched the surface.

hiking
5 months ago

The Fourth of July Park trails is one of the best places in north Idaho to cross country ski or snowshoe. There is a vast network of trails that were designed and are groomed for this very purpose. If the 25 miles of groomed trails are not enough for you, then feel free to roam as far as you wish on the nearby trails, some that go as far as you want to go.

It was a fair spring day today, and I decided to hike this trail network now that the snow has melted. it was superb. Most of the hike was shaded by the pine forests through which the trails lead. I clocked 8 miles on my pedometer, and didn't even take a big bite out of this hiking wonderland. I saw somebody with a horse, enjoying the even and easy to follow trails.